Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Register now for the Hello Craft field trip!

Kelly and Kasey, sisters and co-owners of Biggs and Featherbelle, will be welcoming Hello Craft to their studio on August 22nd. Come and learn how they create health conscious body care products such as bar soaps, bath soaks, lip balms, and scrubs using handmade methods.

The three hour tour will include several product making demonstrations from start to finish, focusing on cold process soap techniques, and an overview on the daily workings of a small craft-based business.

There will also be a hands-on craft project in which everyone will create their very own body scrub!

Before and after the tour, you can take the time to explore the independent shops that make up the Hampden Avenue. There are two sessions to pick from. The first at 10 a.m., the second at 2 p.m. A 6 p.m. happy hour will round out the day.

There is no bus provided for this trip, but we will be helping to organize car pools.

Biggs and Featherbelle Tour
Date: Saturday, August 22
Times: Pick from two sessions.
First session: 10 a.m. or Second session: 2 p.m.
Where: Factory in Hamden, Baltimore
Cost: $30/person.
Hurry! There is a 15-person limit per session.

Register Now!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

CCCM at the Hamilton Street Festival!

Saturday July 25th 12noon-8pm in Hamilton/Lauraville On Harford Road/Gibbons Ave.

Seems the Hamilton Street Festival has lots to offer folks of all ages this year! Come out and enjoy the sights and sounds and while you're at it visit some of Charm City Craft Mafia's members who'll be vending their wares! Spaghetti Kiss, Pinkkiss Pottery, Carlybird Weaves, Kiss My Crafts, Bake Sale Designs, HMV Designs, Illegible Ink, & Cotton Monster will be there to represent the CCCM crew, along w/ many more of your favorite Baltiomore Crafters!!

For a list of bands that will be playing throughout the day and for more info, click HERE.

See you there!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Tonight! Art Fight!

Our very own Mikey takes the stage at the Ottobar, for Art Fight 4!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Opening Tomorrow!

July 15 - August 2, 2009 at The Hexagon: Art with a Heart, A Community Youth Exhibition. In this exhibition, students from Art with a Heart groups, Success Academy (for students who have endured long-term school suspension), Harford House (a group home for adolescent girls), Kanner and Debuskey Houses (group homes for adolescent boys), Transformations (a group home for adolescent boys), The Children’s Home (a residential facility for adolescent boys and girls) and Tuttie’s Place (a group home for adolescent boys), share artwork that they have completed during their involvement with their programs. The Hexagon is honored to provide an exhibition space for Art with a Heart students who may not otherwise have a chance to share their dynamic artwork with their neighboring artistic communities. In addition to an opening reception, the exhibition will be on display via Hexagon open house during Artscape festivities.

Art with a Heart is a community art organization that provides interactive, hands-on art activities to disadvantaged families and children, and to people with developmental and physical challenges. For more information about Art with a Heart programs and projects, please visit http://www.artwithaheart.net

Sunday, July 12, 2009

When things get hot...

...like they are today in Baltimore, I like to look at cool blues and greens on Etsy to remind me of the water. And popsicles.

Check out these finds from local etsy sellers!

Agave Goats Milk Soap
Agave Goat's Milk soap from FlourishBathBody

Twilight Drops
Twilight Drop Earrings from JillPopowichDesigns

tropical sweetheart change purse
Love this sweet little Change Purse from KateyDidHandmade

Jora Jelly Monster
I want to go for a swim with Jora Jelly Monster, if CottonMonster wouldn't mind...

Leafy Green UPCYCLED Cuff with a Vintage Snap
A crisp cuff like this from theGarbologistsWife is sure to cool you down!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Weekend Roundup

Like, SO much this weekend! Can you be in 5 different places all at once? I'll certainly try!

5:30-7:30pm – Me We at the Creative Alliance
5-8pm - Studio Artists Exhibition at School 33 Art Center
6-8pm - Convergence 09: Graduate Thesis Exhibition at Maryland Art Place
6-8pm - MFA in Studio Art Thesis Exhibition at MICA
7-10pm - Imperato Film Fest at Gallery Imperato
7-10pm – Abandon Ship at Current Gallery
8-11pm - Martin Atkins Collection at Metro Gallery

4-6pm – In Place at College of Notre Dame
4-6pm - Art in the Hands of Men at Gallery Spectra
6-9pm - Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize at The BMA - Finalists Exhibition
(The 2009 winner will announced at 7pm) RSVP Margo Wright, mwright@promotionandarts.com, 410-752-8632
8:30-11pm – H&HScape After Sondheim Openings at the H&H Building
Protocol: \ Syntax \ Semantics at GALLERY FOUR
Where The Sun Don't Shine at Nudashank Gallery
RADIX at The Whole

and of course, WHARTSCAPE!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Bamboo Bike Project

A fine example of crafty social entrepreneurship. Find out more about the Bamboo Bike Project and see what you can do to help!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Modish Biz Tips

(Image from DavidErickson)

If you have a craft business, you really need to be reading the Modish Biz Tips blog. It's an excellent resource, with multiple contributors, every business owner is sure to find something really useful there.

This week, a post titled 7 reasons why shop owners need to blog caught my eye. I totally identified with the end of the post, the difficulty of keeping up with your blog. One thing that has helped me a lot in juggling my personal blog with this blog is adding "post to blog" as a recurring event on my Google Calendar. Sometimes a little reminder is all I need! There are also some great ideas for post ideas coming up soon, so check back often!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Weekend To-Do List, 4th of July Edition

Tonight, July 2nd

The Annex Theatre presents: Dr. Faustus
July 2nd, 3rd, and 4th

Preview night:
July 1

sliding scale $5-$10

WTMD's First Thursdays, at the Washington Monument in Mt. Vernon
Featuring Guggenheim Grotto and Pressing Strings

5:30 to 8:00 PM
At the Visionary, check out Free Flicks on the Hill, this week with Raiders of the Lost Ark!
9 PM, on Federal Hill. (In the event of rain, flicks will be shown inside the museum)
Joe Squared hosts musicians Reina Williams (acoustic soul) at 7 PM, and Sac Au Lait (Dixieland Americana) at 10 PM, both free.
At the Windup: Vapid!! Electro Indie Rock Disco Party, 9 PM.

Friday, July 3rd

Six in the Mix: Selections by Renee Stout
Hillyer Art Space
Exhibition | July 3rd - August 26
First Friday Reception: July 3rd, 2009, 6-9PM
Sounds by DJ Deep Sang
Food and refreshments will be served / $5 suggested donation

Six in the Mix: Selections by Renee Stout brings together a divergent company of D.C. and Baltimore's emerging and mid-career artists for Hillyer Art Space's summer program. This show will feature the work of Cianne Fragione, Kenyatta Hinkle, Adam Griffiths, Marc Roman, James Swainbank, and Gilbert Trent.

Stout has set out to create a mixed bag of local talent not based in the obligatory conceptual framework predominantly exhibited in group shows. Instead of the varying inspiration and ideas behind the individual bodies of work, it is the "natural dialogue that may occur between these works" which Stout would like the audience to experience.

International Arts & Artists is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing cross-cultural understanding and exposure to the arts internationally through exhibitions, programs and services to artists, arts institutions, and the public. IA&A programs include:

Traveling Exhibition Service | USArts International Training Program | Design Studio | Membership Services and the Arts Partnership | Hillyer Art Space
9 Hillyer Court NW | Washington, DC | 20008 | MAP
T. 202.338.0680 | Gallery Hours: 10am - 5pm Monday,
10am - 7pm Tuesday - Friday, 11am - 4pm Saturday, Otherwise by appointment

3rd Annual Rap Round Robin at Load of Fun, 9 PM, $5.

July 3rd at Load Of Fun


AK Slaughter, Food for Animals, Height with Friends, Mickey Free, King Rhythm, Jones, PT Burnem, The Plural MC, and Rap Dragons

At Joe Squared: Karter Jaymes (Acoustic - Soul) at 7 PM, and Teporah and Ashram with more TBA (Piano - Soul - Song) at 10 PM

The Windup Space shares their Served! Dance party, with DJs Adam Gonzo, Mark Brown, and More, starting at 9 PM

And the Hexagon features their monthly event, Participatory Dancing, a night of BYO Homemade dance jams.

Saturday, July 4th

Catch a revival of Lolita at the Charles, at 11:30 AM.

Joe Squared has Sujay Pathak (Acoustic) on at 7 pm and the Hanlon Park Jazz Quartet at 10 pm.

Then go see some fireworks and toss some brats or boca burgers on the grill.

Sunday, July 5th

Recover from your weekend partying with a cool mellow set from Colorful Quiet, Phillip Mitchell, Anie Birdlo, and NVRMND, at The Hexagon. $3, 3 PM, and we'll have the grill going if you want to bring any leftovers.

Happy long weekend, friends!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009